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883 hugger 48 1.77%
883 standard 78 2.88%
883 custom 84 3.10%
883 roadster 75 2.77%
1200 standard 51 1.88%
1200 roadster 461 17.04%
1200 custom 513 18.96%
1200 sport 219 8.09%
1200 nightster 621 22.95%
1200 50th 38 1.40%
Ironhead 198 7.32%
Panhead () 46 1.70%
other (please list) 209 7.72%
1200 'Seventy-Two' 65 2.40%
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Old 12th June 2018
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Is the latest 883 the best value Sporty? It seems they have in recent years (not sure exactly when) updated the brakes, shocks, forks. I'm also unsure if this is both the iron and low model.

The Iron 1200 seems a good deal, relatively cheap compared to the Iron 883 and including the bump in displacement. Although lacking the larger fork tubes of the 48. I can't do the little tank on the 48. It seems like all my time would be at the gas station.
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If I had to have a stock Sportster it would be a took apart one waiting for the UPS truck to get here with some more parts so it wouldn't be stock no more.
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That would have to be the brand-new 1978 Ironhead 75th Anni I test drove that summer. It was black... even had the AMF triangle on it.

Wife and I rode the ol' 360 Honda down to the place to ride it. I remember twisting the throttle on it to take off, and I just about dumped the wife off on her butt!

If I remember right, it was about $3,100.00 new. Couldn't afford it. Boy, I lost sleep over that one...
I agree...I owned a '78 Anniversary not long ago that was probably 80% correct. I sold in a weak moment and have regretted it ever since.
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if i could have a stock sporty it would be either an xr1000 or a 1957 sportster.
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If there is one in the list with twin front discs, upside down quality forks, fully adjustable quality rear suspension, comfortable seats for two, large fuel tank and switchable tour/sport/race settings would you please tick the box for me and let me know. Cheers.
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A 1200 roadster from 2008ish. Not keen on the low bars, seat & bobbed mudguards on the new CX but loved the engine
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I'd want another 1981 Milwaukee Sportster, Orange w/ Black panels.
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Does anyone leave a Sportster stock? I'll be happy to tell you what I want, but it won't be stock for long. I want a new Roadster. I want the tank and rear fender from a Superlow on it, a Sundowner or Mustang seat, the front fender from an XR 1200 and bars from an '05 Roadster. Then I want to put on a detachable sissy bar & luggage rack and a detachable windshield. And good hard saddlebags.

Basically, an updated version of my current Roadster.
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Stock anything sux. Especially now days with the EPA, safety this and safety that. Nothing comes optimal. It's up to the end user to make it all it can be. Wouldn't own a stock anything.
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